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LEAP MANIFESTO

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HOUSING & A GREEN NEW DEAL

The Leap Manifesto is a roadmap for how we can transition beyond fossil fuels in a way that creates a more just, fair, and caring world. The Leap launched in Canada in 2015, and the document is now available in a dozen languages. The manifesto has been signed by tens of thousands of people, from social justice, religious and cultural leaders to politicians and trade unionists.

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The Leap Manifesto is an inspiring, big-picture road map made up of 15 demands for an energy transition based in principles of justice, human rights, and worker solidarity.

  1. We must begin by respecting the inherent rights and title of the original caretakers of this land, starting by fully implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  2. The latest research shows we could get 100% of our electricity from renewable resources within two decades; by 2050 we could have a 100% clean economy. We demand that this shift begin now.
  3. No new infrastructure projects that lock us into increased extraction decades into the future. The new iron law of energy development must be: if you wouldn’t want it in your backyard, then it doesn’t belong in anyone’s backyard.
  4. The time for energy democracy has come: wherever possible, communities should collectively control new clean energy systems. Indigenous Peoples and others on the frontlines of polluting industrial activity should be first to receive public support for their own clean energy projects.
  5. We want a universal program to build and retrofit energy efficient housing, ensuring that the lowest income communities will benefit first.
  6. We want high-speed rail powered by just renewables and affordable public transit to unite every community in this country – in place of more cars, pipelines and exploding trains that endanger and divide us.
  7. We want training and resources for workers in carbon-intensive jobs, ensuring they are fully able to participate in the clean energy economy.
  8. We need to invest in our decaying public infrastructure so that it can withstand increasingly frequent extreme weather events.
  9. We must develop a more lo